Vol. 2, No. 32: April 20, 2011
In this issue:
- Earth Week speaker Jim Farrell to talk on “On The Nature of Our Lives: Sustainability and College Culture
- “EESOME” 2011 Senior Art exhibit opening reception
- Taste of Asia this weekend
- Enjoy URS, Quidditch, and Fashion Trashion photos
- Associated Press story includes interviews with David Fluegel ’97, Barb Hesse, Ben Winchester ’95
2011 Earth Week clothing swap
Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 2 until 6 p.m.
MPRIG will sponsor a clothing swap on Wednesday from 2 until 6 p.m. on the campus mall. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Oyate Hall. Participants are asked to bring only clean, gently used clothing items to exchange with others. Non-clothing items will not be accepted for this event.
Jim Farrell to speak on “On The Nature of Our Lives: Sustainability and College Culture
Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Room 109, Imholte Hall
The Morris campus hosts guest speaker James Farrell during Earth Week 2011. Farrell is an author, professor, and frequent speaker on “greening” college campuses. His address, “On The Nature of Our Lives: Sustainability and College Culture” will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall room 109. A reception and book signing follow. Read more »
Professor Cyrus Bina reception and book signing
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 4:30 until 6 p.m.
LaFave House, 305 College Avenue
Oil: A Time Machine—Journey Beyond Fanciful Economics and Frightful Politics by Professor of Economics Cyrus Bina has been released by Linus Publication. A reception and book signing will be held at LaFave House from 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Bina will speak about his book at 5 p.m. Read more »
“EESOME” 2011 Senior Art opening reception
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7 until 9 p.m.
Gallery, Humanities Fine Arts
“EESOME,” the 2011 Senior Art Exhibition, will be celebrated in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery on Thursday, April 21, with an opening reception from 7 until 9 p.m. The artists will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. Read more »
Earth Week screening of The Human Footprint
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7 p.m.
Room 111, Imholte Hall
At 7 p.m., MPRIG will show the National Geographic film The Human Footprint in Imholte Hall room 111. The film explores how much of the world’s resources an individual consumes and uses science and visual effects to illustrate the average American’s human footprint.
Author Richard Terrill to be special guest at the Briggs Library Associates meeting
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
first floor, Briggs Library
Author Richard Terrill will be the special guest for the Briggs Library Associates annual meeting on April 21. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. on the first floor of the library following a brief business meeting and grant awards announcement. Read more »
Prairie Yard and Garden visits Schell’s Brewery gardens
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television
“Prairie Yard and Garden” (PY&G), on Pioneer Public Television, will visit New Ulm on Thursday, April 21, to tour the grounds of Schell’s Brewery, the oldest and largest brewery in Minnesota. Read more »
Earth Day Critical Mass bicycle ride
Friday, April 22, 2011, 4 p.m.
This MPRIG event will promote commuting by bicycle in the community of Morris. The community ride will emphasize the ease of biking in Morris and foster motor vehicle awareness through a positive, high-visibility event. Meet on the mall at 4 p.m. Helmets encouraged.
Taste of Asia
Saturday, April 23, 2011, 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center
On Saturday, April 23, the Asian Student Association will present the Taste of Asia Dinner in Oyate Hall. ASA members will cook various dishes from different Asian countries.
Asking the Big Questions to explore American Indian religions
Monday, April 25, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library
The next Asking the Big Questions campus/community discussion will feature an American Indian religions panel and discussion on Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s McGinnis Room. Guest speaker is Kent Blansett, teaching specialist in history. Conversation starts at 6:30 pm. Read more »
Ensemble Peripherie Concert
Monday, April 25, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts
The campus is pleased to host Ensemble: Périphérie on its inaugural tour. The newly established group promotes contemporary music by presenting stimulating and inspiring concerts of new chamber works. Ensemble members include award-winning faculty performers and composers representing colleges and universities in four states, including Ann DuHamel, director of piano studies at Morris.
Jazz Combos Concert
Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts
Enjoy an evening of jazz performed by the Morris Jazz combos on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.
News and announcements:
Alumnus Doug Lennick to serve as 2011 Commencement speaker
Alumnus Doug Lennick, CEO and co-founder of the Lennick Aberman Group, will serve as the 2011 Commencement speaker. An internationally known speaker on the development of successful individuals and organizations, Lennick’s expertise is in the practical applications of the art and science of human behavior, financial and otherwise. In Moral Intelligence, author Lennick and co-author Fred Kiel employ the image of a compass to illustrate the message. They assert that leaders who follow a path of integrity, responsibility, compassion, and forgiveness—a moral compass—seek a life destination, a powerful place of understanding, which leads to personal and professional satisfaction, and success. Read more »
Science and math student representatives announcement
Student representatives for 2011–12 are Madison Anderson, Alicia Johnson, and Sonja Smidt, biology Yehia Khalifa and Karl Schliep, chemistry Stephen Adams and Casey Robinson, computer science and Melissa Carnicle, geology Kenna Nelson, mathematics, Will Martin, physics Jessica Orth, statistics.
Student loans announcement
The last day to increase or apply for a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized, SELF, or PLUS loan for spring semester is Monday, May 2, 2011.
Student employment announcement
The last day to submit spring timesheets for student employment payroll is Friday, May 13, 2011. If timesheets are turned in after May 13, payment will not be processed through the student employment payroll. Students will need to deal directly with their employer to be paid from department funds. This may cause a delay in receiving a paycheck.
Financial aid announcement for May or summer session(s) applications
The last day to apply for May or summer financial aid is Tuesday, June 7, 2011. To be eligible for May or summer financial aid, students must be enrolled for all summer classes by June 17, 2011.
Graduating seniors loan announcement
Graduating students who have borrowed from federal loan programs should complete exit counseling before the end of spring semester.
Enjoy photos from last weekend
Molli Getting ’11, communication, media, and rhetoric, Financial Aid’s MSAF, will present at the 2011 Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrator’s spring conference on May 4. She assisted Andy Sharpe in gathering and researching data to help Financial Aid’s meet its responsibility of ensuring that students have access to financial literacy information. She is the only student presenting at the conference.
A research paper by Abe Henry ’11, “Struggling Against the Injustice: The Historical Context and Social Justice in Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude,” was chosen for publication in the spring 2011 edition of Metamorphosis. Read more »
The undergraduate solar cell research of students Jennifer Schmidt and Ryan Koehn, under the direction of Associate Professors of Chemistry Ted Pappenfus and Joe Alia, has been published in the recent issue of Macromolecules. Their research, “PBC-DFT Applied to Donor−Acceptor Copolymers in Organic Solar Cells: Comparisons between Theoretical Methods and Experimental Data,” seeks to better understand the electronic properties of organic materials used in solar cells—emerging technology for solar energy conversion. Read more »
Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, recently played the role of Lafew in a staged reading of All’s Well That Ends Well for the Minnesota Shakespeare Project.
In the News
First-year student Abby Fragodt, Benson, was named KSAX Athlete of the Week.
The Center for Small Town’s David Fluegel ’97 and Barb Hesse, as well as Ben Winchester ’95, research fellow at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, were interviewed for a story by reporter Tammy Webber, “Small towns struggle to find enough candidates,” disseminated by the Associate Press and printed or broadcast by 135 media outlets including MPR, the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Huffington Post.
Bill Ligertwood, director of the Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought, reports in the “Kamloops This Week Column” that PZ Myers, associate professor of biology, will serve as keynote speaker at the inaugural conference of the Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought, a Canadian Centre for Inquiry affiliate.
Students in Beginning Modern Chinese who placed in the 2010 Cheng & Tsui SuperStar Karaoke Contest for Chinese Language Students and Teachers, were featured in the Pioneer Public Television show “Postcards.” Watch the episode online.